Texas Inmate Serving Sentence for Murder Escapes After Stabbing Bus Driver During Transport

A Texas inmate serving a life sentence for capital murder escaped custody after stabbing the officer driving a transport bus and causing the vehicle to crash.

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An inmate escaped custody Thursday after he stabbed an officer driving a transport bus and caused the vehicle to crash, KBTX reports.  

Gonzalo Lopez, 46, was aboard a bus headed to Huntsville from Gateville for a medical appointment when he got out of his shackles and stabbed the driver in the hand. The two tussled for a bit until the vehicle crashed, allowing Lopez to flee the scene on foot.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released a photo of Lopez, urging anyone who sees him to contact law enforcement and not approach him. Even though TDCJ officials have no reason to believe he has a weapon on him, he’s still considered to be dangerous. A shelter-in-place order was also issued for the nearby Centerville area. 

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) is searching for an escaped inmate in Leon County. 46 year old Gonzalo Lopez assaulted a correctional officer on a transport bus & then fled from the vehicle. pic.twitter.com/FTa2Dl8fQv

— TDCJ (@TDCJ) May 12, 2022

Lopez had been serving a life sentence for a capital murder charge in one county and attempted capital murder in another. 

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